The Weekend Hitlist: what we want to see, do, and buy this weekend

Having lived in Canada for 12 years, Wexford-based fashion designer Monica Walsh of Cobbler’s Lane was lucky enough to see the dazzling Northern Lights display several times. The natural phenomena never got old, she says, and it provided the inspiration for her latest collection, which features a gorgeous palette of greens, blues, pinks and purples, as well as her own digitally printed fabrics. Trophy pieces include the North Star mini dress (€310) and (pictured) the Dancing Sky blouse (€220) and Sunrise culottes (€200). All of the pieces are made in Ireland, and with designs created in small quantities, you’re unlikely to spot them on anyone else.

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The Little Book of Ick by Anna Burtt and Kitty Winks

While Love Island introduced us to the term “the ick”, that sudden and intense feeling of romantic repulsion is something we can all relate to. And when it comes to mending a broken heart, it’s always helpful to have a few of these irrational aversions to look back on not-so-fondly. That’s the idea behind The Little Book of Ick by Anna Burtt and Kitty Winks, a tongue-in-cheek read that lists “500 reasons to get over them – for good”. If you’ve ever found yourself wincing when a lover orders a glass of “vino”, this compendium of stomach-turners will deliver in spades. Find it in April & the Bear, Dublin, and online, priced at €11.

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Peacock candle holder by Oriana B

In a creative studio in Dublin 3, Katharine Deas and Alannah Monks of Oriana B rock to the beat of their own drum, creating a unique interior aesthetic with an intriguing array of furniture and homewares. The independent shop offers a mix of mid-century originals sourced from Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy and the Czech Republic, along with over 900 products that will add a touch of individuality to your home. Pictured is the peacock candle holder (€28), which will bring a welcome pop of color to a festive tablescape.

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Christmas at the Courtyard at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

The festive season can often be marred with dreaded, compulsory parties that we’d all rather avoid. Christmas in the Courtyard is not one of those events. The setting is an all-glass pavilion in the middle of the courtyard at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, where guests will be served a “Christmas dinner like you’ve never tasted”, says event co-founder Avril Bannerton. Running from November 24-December 17, it’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up and give into the Christmas spirit for an evening. Michelin starred chef Danni Barry will serve up a six-course sit down experience, which will focus on the best produce Ireland has to offer, and Brigid O’Hora is providing the wine pairings for each course. Seats range from €45-€155.

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Waters + Wild Discovery Set

From an ancient stone barn in West Cork, Waters + Wild create incredible organic perfumes using the finest of natural ingredients. Inventive and evocative, the perfumery’s scents leave a lasting impression — the only problem is choosing just one of them. Thankfully, they have a Discovery Set (€25) for customers who find it difficult to commit. It features four 2ml samples of the brand’s bestsellers — Sweet Basil + Bergamot; Tuberose + Frankincense; Rose + Oud and Cedarwood + Cognac — and makes for the perfect stocking filler.

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Danni Barry. Picture: Elaine Hill

Just when we thought Ballynahinch Castle couldn’t get any better, Danni Barry has been announced as the Connemara hotel’s new executive chef. Barry, who held a Michelin star at Eipic in Belfast, has started working at the hotel in recent weeks. “For a chef, it’s a dream — a stunning rural location; a walled garden just steps away from the kitchen; acres of beautiful woodland estate to have as a seasonal larder; our own pigs; the best oysters, mussels, and crab you can get your hands on; Connemara lamb; and a host of small independent cheesemakers,” she tells Weekend. “The hotel is luxurious and full of character but also manages to be totally unpretentious. My hope is that my food fits alongside that quite nicely.”

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Dark and haunting yet dramatically compelling, Revenants, a solo exhibition by Cork-based artist Kevin Mooney, recently opened at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) in Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Featuring a cross-section of key works made between 2016 and 2022 , Revenants explores the gaps in the record of Irish art history caused by poverty, famine and mass migration and imagines it as a “mutant absurdist folklore”. The exhibition runs until March 5, 2023, with free admission, and is accompanied by a new publication (€15) featuring texts by curators Sarah Kelleher and Seán Kissane.

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Eye Keep glasses chain from Woods & Byrne

Eyewear jewelry has come into its own in recent years, with all manner of chains and charms being used to elevate glasses and sunglasses. It’s a growing trend and one that Dublin-based couple Julie Woods and Ken Byrne of Woods & Byrne were ahead of when they launched Eye Keep, a chic range of eyewear jewelry, priced from €20 to €190. Fashionable and functional, the collection combines luxurious natural materials such as Irish silver, Nappa leather and Venetian Murano glass with exquisite handcrafted details. Find it in MacNally Opticians, Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 and Gilna Opticians in Clontarf, as well as online.

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